Tips for Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is a situational type of depression, meaning that it’s influenced by an individual’s environment. Generally S.A.D. happens during the fall or winter months when the days are shorter and the weather is cooler, causing people to feel down or moody. The good news is that there are things you can do to combat the impact of S.A.D. in your life!

Exercise regularly. Aim for 30-60 minutes each day. Get moving by walking, jogging or finding creative ways to move around the house, like deep-cleaning. This action increases serotonin, endorphins, and other “feel good” chemicals in your brain. It also improves sleep and boosts self-esteeem!

 

Bathe in sunshine when possible. Sunlight (or even special artificial lighting) can help fight the symptoms of S.A.D. Open the blinds, go outside, or consider light therapy. Even if it’s cold outside, sunshine can definitely help!

 

Eat healthy food. This can help give you energy and keep S.A.D. at bay. Oatmeal, whole grain, brown rice, and bananas can boost serotonin levels. Foods rich in Omega-3 can also be great mood boosters!

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